Originally Posted by kevin
Is that not slightly at odds with some 'Space Seed' dialogue that Khan was the acknowledged ruler of a quarter of the Earth before he was sent packing?
'Acknowledged' after the fact, perhaps. It's a bit of a stretch (or rather, a big stretch) but it kind of works: Khan and his cronies 'control' a quarter of the world from the background, manipulating wars and economies and politics without exposing themselves to the public. Later on, once he's gone, the truth emerges and history gets set straight.